Elizabeth A. CASSELMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Clowes Fund board hired Beth Casselman in 2000 as the first professional leader of this family foundation that was established in Indianapolis in 1952. Beth’s career in philanthropy spans more than 25 years following a stint in public relations. She majored in journalism and earned a Bachelor of Science from Butler University as well as professional certificates from the Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University and the Fundraising School of Indiana University.
In 1992, she became the founding director of the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC); 15 years after leaving CFBC she returned to serve on its board, ending her term as board chair in 2016. Beth has served on the National Center for Family Philanthropy Friends of the Family advisory committee and the Asset Funders Network Indiana Chapter steering committee. She is past chair of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) board, United Way of Central Indiana’s Boone County advisory board and has served on executive search committees for IPA, the CFBC and Boone County’s United Way. Beth has contributed to a variety of philanthropic conferences and publications. She was honored in 2012 to receive IPA’s Hazelett Award for Leadership in Grantmaking which recognizes integrity and mentoring of other professionals.
Outside the office you are likely to find Beth in a rocking chair with a good book, a cat on her lap and a dog at her feet, celebrating life with family and friends or walking the trails near home or in a national park with her husband. She is most delighted to be mom of two terrific grown sons, a daughter-in-law and Ganny to one precious granddaughter and two granddogs.
MEGAN Briggs REILLY, NEW ENGLAND PROGRAM OFFICER
Megan Briggs Reilly came to The Clowes Fund in 2015 as an accomplished grantmaker with a deep appreciation for the nonprofit sector and for supporting effective leaders that are making a difference in our world. Megan earned a Masters of Business Administration at Brandeis University, Heller School of Social Policy and Management after a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Boston University. Megan is a graduate of the LeadBoston leadership development program who honed her skills through 15 years of experience at The Boston Foundation and then at Hemenway & Barnes. She has a well-established network across New England from Boston to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to Downeast Maine. Currently, Megan is a co-chair of the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative.
Megan’s quiet, professional demeanor dissolves into her true playful spirit when she’s having fun with her husband and their two daughters. When not visiting nonprofits or reviewing proposals, you will find her at the neighborhood playground, enjoying an evening out with friends or exploring the sites of New England.
ERIN TRISLER, PROGRAM MANAGER
Erin Trisler joined The Clowes Fund staff in September 2014. She oversees quality control, compliance and program needs, and serves as program officer for a select portfolio of local grants. A life-long Hoosier and 1997 graduate of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, her career flourished through 15 years of fundraising roles at the Indiana University Foundation and the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Hundreds of grant submissions later (she lost count!), Erin embarked on a new chapter in grant-making and the impactful nature of foundation work. She currently serves on the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s Education Advisory Group. Outside of the office, Erin finds joy as her kiddos’ number one fan no matter the activity—on the the court, field, stage or elsewhere; serves her church, school and neighborhood association; enjoys evening strolls with her husband; and recently embraced photography.
ESTHERRE HILL, PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Estherre (Wohlenhaus) Hill joined The Clowes Fund in August 2014. Estherre supports the grantmaking process as grants-management guru as well as program officer for a select cohort of Indiana grants. She is also the welcoming face that greets visitors to the Indianapolis office or the friendly voice to answer phone calls. After a year spent teaching English in China, Estherre came back home again to Indiana where she received a B.A. from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2014 and an M.A. from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016. When Estherre is not in the office, you will likely find her volunteering as a youth mentor, at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra or with local refugee groups, or immersed in physical activities ranging from boxing and salsa dancing to general outdoors adventuring, or simply enjoying time with her new husband Caleb, friends and family.
Hannah Blalock, Program Intern
Hannah Blalock joined The Clowes Fund in January 2019. She uses her classroom knowledge about the grantmaking process to support Fund staff. Hannah is a third-year undergraduate pursing a B.A. at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and a minor in Arts Management. Outside of academics, she spends time serving the community, supporting causes such as animal advocacy, empowering adults with disabilities and helping her peers get involved. She is currently the Service and Giving Chair for her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, where she helps the chapter connect and give back to the community. Upon graduation, Hannah plans to enter the workforce, focusing on grantwriting or grantmaking, before pursuing her masters at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.